How to Pack a Backpack for Day Hiking [Ultimate Guide For Hikers]

The most important thing is backpacking when going to hike, it doesn’t matter day hike or night hike. If your backpack are heavy, or you didn’t take some important things which really need for hiking in the trails or terrain!

This guide assist you to learn how to pack a backpack for day hiking.

How to Pack a Backpack for Day Hiking
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If you’re planning on taking a hike, there are a few things you should consider when packing your backpack.

Do you need shelter? Do you want to bring food or water? Is it cold outside? Do you have any medical concerns? These are all questions that can be answered by an ounce of prevention.

Hiking is a hobby, not a sport. So planning for the worst isn’t necessary. But you can always take precautions so that an accident doesn’t happen.

How to Pack a Backpack for Day Hiking

6 Things to Consider While Packing Your Backpack

1) Hiking Sticks
2) Water Bottle
3) Foods & Snacks
4) Smartphone
5) GPS Tracker
6) Essential Stuff

Hiking Sticks

​Hiking sticks are great for helping you balance up on steep terrain and help prevent falls. If you don’t have a hiking stick, there are some inexpensive ones that you can buy. They’re a good investment as they last a long time. Learn how to walk with hiking sticks.

Water Bottle

​You should always carry a water bottle with you when hiking. The part of the trail that will cause the most hassle will be the first or last half of your hike. This is where you’ll probably be the most dehydrated.​

Food & Snacks

​Depending on your hiking location, you may need to pack extra food. Many trails are located in remote areas where there are few places to get food. It’s always good to pack at least one day worth of snacks, in case you end up sleeping in the woods. If you plan on camping, then it’s a good idea to bring proper meals that can be prepared over an open fire.


​You should always carry a phone with you while hiking. This will allow you to call for help, track your trip and make sure everything goes well. If you’re planning on going on a multi-day hike, it’s a good idea to put your phone inside a small bag and make sure it’s waterproofed. The last thing you’d want is for your phone to be ruined or stolen.

GPS Tracker

​GPS trackers are a great way to ensure that you’re not getting lost. If you don’t have a smartphone, then it’s a good idea to invest in a GPS tracker that you can pin onto your backpack. You can get an average of four days of battery life from these trackers. But pay attention to the weather so there isn’t going to be a storm while you’re hiking.

Essential Stuff

​There’s some essential stuff needed when hiking. The only thing that’s important is that you have comfortable shoes or boots with good traction, first aid kit, maps or compass. Everything else can be improvised in the woods.

Just remember to pack what you need, but don’t over-pack. It’s no fun when your backpack is weighing you down or when it’s too bulky to move around.

Final words

These are the things you should consider when packing your backpack. You can’t always prevent itself from any mishaps, but you can be prepared for when they do happen. The main thing to remember is safety first.​

Matthew Koch

Hi, I'm Matthew, a passionate blogger and traveler. I'm also a hard-core hiker. Hiking with friends and visiting new places is what I live for. Currently, I'm working at Gear Odds as CEO & Columnist. I would like to provide my best outdoor experience possible.